Pretty much everybody knows that flu season is no joke. This is especially true for parents of little ones. There really isn't anything else quite heart-wrenching as the helpless feeling you get when your child is under the weather. That's why it's so important to keep an eye out for the flu symptoms in children that you can't ignore. As the mother of a preschool-aged child, I have firsthand experience with how quickly a bug can spread. Not only are viruses like the flu contagious, but the effects often hit hard and fast. One minute I had a bouncy, laughing ball of energy, and the next, I was setting up a makeshift fort for my lethargic, achy little dude.
So when is a flu symptom more serious than just a case of the chills or runny nose? One of the first an easiest signs to spot is a spike in your child's temperature. "If your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, call the doctor immediately," according to Baby Center. Additionally, "if a baby is between 3 months and 6 months a fever of 101 degrees or higher, or is older than 6 months and has a temperature of 103 degrees or higher, you should call your child's pediatrician right away."
Aside from a serious fever, check out these other flu symptoms in children that mean it's time to go to the doctor.